Making way through its criticism, automatic transmissions are becoming the new normal. Although most of the cars running on Indian roads come equipped with a manual gearbox, the number of cars with automatic is linearly increasing. This is especially in all the metro cities. That said, there are various transmission options one can go for, from cheap AMT to tech-heavy DCT.
Hyundai Santro (AMT)
Starting with the unexpected vehicle to come in the list, the Hyundai Santro. This is one of the VFM vehicles one can buy. To start with, Santro is the only car in its segment that boasts of a 4-cylinder engine. Also, this entry-level hatch offers seamless and vibe free drive experience.
Coming to the technical bit, a 1.1-litre naturally aspirated engine powers the cute hatch. The motor produces 69ps of max power and the peak torque output stands at a decent 99Nm. The engine comes with a 5 speed AMT gearbox which is perfect for the city drives.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno (CVT)
The premium hatchback from Maruti Suzuki that uses one of the mature automatic transmission is the Baleno. Speaking of which, a refined engine with decent power in this hatch comes mated to a CVT automatic gearbox. Because of this potent transmission, it is butter smooth to drive in the city and is decent to cruise out on the highway.
Also, the USP of the transmission is the fuel economy. If driven with care it’ll offer better mileage than a manual transmission. Talking about the heart, a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine powers the Baleno.
Kia Sonet (DCT)
The Korean carmaker Kia offers multiple engine options in their vehicles, Kia Sonet is no exception. Starting from a naturally aspirated petrol to a turbo petrol engine and from a 6-speed manual gearbox to a 7-speed DCT. So, the most affordable Kia boasts of a DCT in the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, a torque converter with a diesel engine.
Also, Kia Sonet gets an iMT or a clutchless manual transmission which is among the first in the segment. Additionally, Sonet is feature-packed and gets many luxurious features like cooled seats, air purifier with perfume dispenser.
Ford Ecosport (Torque Converter)
The compact SUV that is super underrated is the Ford Ecosport. Well, one shouldn’t forget that the Ecosport is among the first in its segment and which started the trend of sub 4m SUV. Keeping that aside, Ford Ecosport is powered by one of the most powerful petrol engines in the segment.
Powering the Ecosport is a 1.5-litre 3 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine pushing 123ps of max power and 150Nm of peak torque. With this motor, it is a 6-speed torque converter that puts the power down on the road.
Volkswagen Vento/Polo (Torque Converter)
The German brand Volkswagen has been sharing the engine and transmission in between the Polo and Vento. In the latest alteration both the cars come with a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder TSI petrol engine churning 110ps of max power and 175Nm of supreme torque.
The Transmission we are after was the DSG which the manufacturer missed. Instead, both the vehicles from Volkswagen get a new torque converter automatic transmission. Worry not, this too is a sort after and effortless transmission.
Honda City (CVT)
The transmission that is known for amazing efficiency, even better than a manual transmission is the CVT. And, the new 5th Gen City still boasts of this efficiency marvel. The new Honda City gets a better and more powerful 1.5-litre 4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine but with a DOHC setup.
Well, this c-segment sedan from Honda does what it says on the brochure, yes it drives well on city roads. Coupled with the CVT automatic transmission this is one of the vehicles to go for in this segment.
Hyundai Creta (DCT)
There is no denying the fact that SUVs are the new best selling vehicles on the entire planet. Talking about the Indian market Hyundai Creta is ‘THE’ best selling compact SUV. Well, one of the reasons for the same is the plethora of engine and transmission options. More so, Creta comes with 3 automatic transmissions.
From the lightning-fast DCT to the fuel-efficient iVT. Hyundai Creta also gets a torque converter in its portfolio. And all of these transmissions with their respective engine offer a great combination.
Toyota Yaris (CVT)
It’s a surprise that Toyota is among the top automotive brands that manufacture one of the best CVT transmissions. And for now, Toyota Yaris is the only sedan from the brand that comes with the CVT. Yaris is the sedan that is a jack of all trades but does not excel in anything specific.
Powering this elegant sedan is a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine making 107bhp and 140Nm of peak torque. Transferring power from the engine to the front wheels is a CVT gearbox with exceptional fuel efficiency.
Mahindra Thar (Torque Converter)
The latest vehicle to debut in the India automotive industry is this cult, Mahindra Thar. To begin with, this off-roader gets a couple of engine options with a couple of transmission options to choose from.
Powering the Thar is petrol and a diesel engine, both of which get an option of a torque converter automatic transmission. Although it is the 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine which is the most powerful engine in its class (As of now).
MG Hector (DCT)
The Chinese owned British brand has the slickest automatic transmission in this list. The MG Hector comes powered by a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine. This motor is capable of generating 140bhp of max power with 250Nm of max torque.
Alongside, that this 4-cylinder engine is mated to a 7-speed DCT transmission that offers seamless shifts in the city and also on the highway.
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